Fugger drafted by Colts in 7th round

April 28, 2012

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Defensive end Tim Fugger became the second Vanderbilt defensive player taken in the NFL Draft when he was selected in the seventh round by Indianapolis on Saturday.

Fugger, a product of Oak Brook, Illinois near Chicago, put together his best season as a senior, setting numerous single-season highs to spark the Commodores to a postseason appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

As a senior, Fugger posted eight quarterback sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss among 33 total tackles. Fugger also forced three fumbles, pushing his career total to eight forced fumbles.

Fugger becomes the second Commodore selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Defensive teammate cornerback Casey Hayward was taken by Green Bay (2nd round).

This marks the first time in two years that multiple Commodores heard their name called in the player draft. In 2010, defensive back Myron Lewis and offensive lineman Thomas Welch were selected. The most Vanderbilt prospects selected since the NFL Draft was shortened to seven rounds came in 2001 when linebackers Jamie Winborn and Matt Stewart, placekicker John Markham and defensive back Jimmy Williams were taken.

Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin praised Fugger's combination of athleticism and intensity.

"Tim Fugger is going to give a coaching staff everything he has," Franklin said. "Coaches love players like Tim Fugger, guys that just go extremely hard every play. Tim is extremely athletic and possesses a great combination of speed, quickness and strength."

Fugger's athleticism on display at Vanderbilt's Pro Day in early April impressed many scouts. Several NFL evaluators thought enough of his versatility to ponder Fugger as a linebacker in 3-4 schemes.

Southeastern Conference coaches also were impressed by Fugger's performance as a senior, naming him as a Coaches' second team All-SEC defensive lineman.

Fugger started 31 games at defensive end for the Commodores, including the last 16 games of his career. In addition to forcing eight turnovers, Fugger concluded his Vanderbilt career with 12 quarterback sacks and 20 tackles for loss.

Here's a list of Vanderbilt players selected in NFL Draft since 2000:

Vanderbilt Draft Picks Since 2000
Year Player NFL Team Draft Selection
2012 Casey Hayward, DB Green Bay 30th pick, 2nd Round
  Tim Fugger, DE Indianapolis 7th pick, 7th Round
2010 Myron Lewis, DB Tampa Bay 3rd pick, 3rd Round
Thomas Welch, OL New England 1st pick, 7th Round
2009 D.J. Moore, DB Chicago 19th pick, 4th Round
2008 Chris Williams, OL Chicago 14th pick, 1st Round
Earl Bennett, WR Chicago 7th pick, 3rd Round
Jonathan Goff, LB N.Y. Giants 30th pick, 5th Round
2006 Jay Cutler, QB Denver 11th pick, 1st Round
2005 Jovan Haye, DL Carolina 15th pick, 6th Round
Justin Geisinger, OL Buffalo 23rd pick, 6th Round
2003 Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB Green Bay 31st pick, 5th Round
2001 Jamie Winborn, LB San Francisco 16th pick, 2nd Round
Matt Stewart, LB Atlanta 7th pick, 4th Round
John Markham, PK N.Y. Giants 29th pick, 5th Round
Jimmy Williams, DB Buffalo 33rd pick, 6th Round



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